Last week in Killjoys, D’Av got healed, after first getting tortured by nanites, Khlyen (Rob Stewart) returned to take Dutch away and threaten Johnny. It was also revealed that Lucy does have a favorite, the guy that Khlyen threatened. In One Blood the killjoys continue to keep secrets, despite promises made to the contrary, although by the end of the episode, all has been revealed.
At the start of the episode, Dutch tries to learn why Khlyen has returned and what he wants from her. The two sit in a cafe drinking “Ashyrus tea, A little taste from home,” says Dutch’s former tutor, who then accuses her of being in a mood because of her response to an offer of honey. He tells Dutch he wants to know if she is still the Yala he trained and she replies that Yala died “that night.”
He then tells her that a deadly gas will be released into the cafe and she needs to retrieve an item from a smuggler before everyone expires. She warns the customers about the gas and holding her breath, Dutch finds the case and leaves the corpse-filled eatery.
Later, on the ship, Dutch and D’Av share a moment, chemistry only, but it is close, and John comes in to say there has been a Black Warrant issued. Johnny is excited and he tells D’Av, “You’re about to meet the family.”
All the killjoys meet in a bar and Dutch’s group meet up with Fancy Lee (Sean Baek) who went after D’Av in the fist episode of the season. Black Warrants are competitive affairs where all the killjoys compete for the same warrant and winner takes all. There is talk of a level six killjoy, urban legend, says Dutch and the warrant turns out to be for another kind of legend, Big Joe (Tony Nappo)
a top notch killjoy who mentored Dutch.
As the warrant details are being read out, Dutch leaves the room to deliver the case to Khlyen. He opens the case to remove a disc. He applies it to a reluctant Dutch and it turns out to be a neuro-link. The device also shows Dutch where Big Joe, and the ship he stole (the reason for the warrant), is located and she learns that Khlyen is linked to her.
Pawter attempts to set up some alone time with D’Av for more “treatment” and he turns her down. The doctor is not pleased. Dutch heads out sans her team to find Big Joe, the ship and its cargo. It is the latter item that Khlyen wants. Johnny and D’Av set out to get information on where the warrant is located and Fancy turns up suggesting an allegiance.
Meanwhile, Dutch is on Leith following the map to find Big Joe’s ship. As she gets her bearings, Khlyen shows up startling her, “We’re going to have to get you a bell,” Dutch mutters. Her old tutor asks about her killjoy mentor and jokingly asks if he should be jealous. D’Av and Johnny learn from Lucy that Dutch has turned off her comms.
They accept Fancy’s offer, although D’Av and John have some pretty harsh things to say about the other killjoy. D’Av wins the award for snappiest rejoinder when he tells Fancy Lee that he is “filling the ship with douchebag.” Back on Leith, Dutch is shot in the shoulder while arguing with Khlyen.
Fancy shows that he has a sense of humor, his “bloodhound” needs something that Dutch has touched in order to track and find her. “Underwear, bra…” he says. “Pervert” D’Av growls as he turns to grab a gun that Dutch has held. In another comic moment (on Leith) Fancy turns to John and says, “Your brother gets growly.”
On Leith Big Joe has shot Dutch to warn her off and slow her down but she ignores his warning and moves to intercept him. Fancy, D’Av and John are closing in on Dutch, they find her blood from when Big Joe shot her. Dutch catches up with her former mentor and they talk before hugging. They then begin sparring and Big Joe ends up on top of Dutch telling her to get out of the area “for her own good.”
The two then talk about his stealing the ship, and other ships, and they have a Ride the High Country type conversation. What do you think happens when we turn in our badges, Joe asks, a parade? Very similar to the Randolph Scott character in the Sam Peckinpah film.
As they talk, several armed people arrive and the leader tells Big Joe that he was supposed to be alone. Dutch grabs a woman and holds a machete to her throat, when the leader threatens to shoot Big Joe, she lets the woman go. The two are then taken prisoner.
While Big Joe and Dutch are tied together, Khlyen shows up and starts berating Dutch for having friends. She tells him to shut up and Joe responds that he did not say anything. The tutor is only in Dutch’s head because of the neuro-link. Big Joe reveals that he has no idea what the item, that Khlyen wants so badly, is. It was on the ship when he stole it.
Dutch learns that the people who hired Big Joe to steal the ships, and their cargoes, are the Kotlers, racial radicals from Leith. The group begin to question the two, while Khlyen swears that if they harm his Yala he will take their hands. They take Joe into another room for more vigorous questioning.
Pawter Simms drugs a company official to get access to his data base in an effort to locate Dr. Jaeger. The trio of male killjoys are closing in on Dutch and Big Joe. Kotler Senior explains why they steal the ships and that they are not “racist.” It is all about Qreshi families taking Leith land.
Fancy talks to Johnny about D’Av going “after” Dutch. When John asks Lee why he is such a “d*ck” Fancy replies he has to be, as he is the designated company “A**hole.” The two men take out two guards and D’Av is moving in to save Dutch. The device that Big Joe stole, and that Khlyen wants, is grabbed by one of the Kotler men and it draws blood.
He fires the weapon and it kills him and all the other Kotlers. No one else is harmed. The weapon uses DNA or blood to target victims. Khlyen misses the demonstration as during her interrogation, Dutch had her neuro-link removed by Kotler. The only Leith racial member left is Kotler Senior, Lucas, who married into the family.
Dutch tells John to call Turin and tell him that they are “coming in hot.” She plans to trade the weapon for mercy. The hungover company official joins the killjoy convention and demands to know what is going on. Big Joe is treated to a drink by Pree and the killjoy legend sits with Dutch. As Turin and the official talk about Big Joe his warrant is upgraded to a level five…death.
Big Joe tries to have Dutch do it but she cannot. While she refuses, Fancy shoots Big Joe in the head. “The warrant is all,” says Lee. Holstering his weapon, he finishes by saying, “Joe would’ve wanted it that way.” He goes back to sit at his table away from the group.
Khlyen corners Dutch and wants the device. Dutch tells him she does not know where it is and he grabs her by the throat pushing her up against the wall. She stabs him in the stomach and he lets her go. He apologizes for grabbing her and tells her that he would never hurt his “Yala.” He leaves after telling her that he came to the Quad for her. As Khlyen walks off he tells Dutch that he will not leave without her.
Pawter is sitting in her office when the company official comes back, “Hello Hilary,” Simms says and Hilary is not amused. He has her arrested for information theft and drugging a company official. When Pawter threatens Qresh retaliation, Hilary responds that he has checked, “no one on Qresh ‘gives a sh*t’ about what happens to you here,” he says. He also asks about Dr. Jaeger. Pawter says nothing and gets taken away.
Dutch comes back to the ship and just as Johnny decides to be the company a**hole, she confesses that Khlyen is back, and explains to D’Av who he is, and that she needs to find out what is going on. She asks John to track him down and says that she is going after Khlyen and kill him.
More layers have been peeled away this week in Killjoys and not only do we learn more about Dutch, aka Yala, but also about Pawter Simms, aka “Illenore Pawter Simms” as Hilary sneers before arresting her. For those of us who were confused about who Khlyen is, at one point is seemed that he could be Dutch’s father, and what his function was in Dutch’s past, more has been revealed. Like the old joke, the two have a love/hate relationship, she hates him and he, apparently, loves her. Simms has been pulling one heck of a bluff and it seems her interest in D’Av is not professional at all, except for her searching for Jaeger.
Questions remain. Who is Jaeger? Who put the stim blockers in D’Av’s brain and what is that weapon? Great entertaining telly that keeps the surprises coming. Disguised as an action/science fiction series, the show is starting to get that thriller aspect with a touch of anarchy and mystery. Kudos to Sean Baek as Fancy Lee and Tony Nappo as Big Joe. Killjoys is part of SyFy Fridays.